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Business of Law

  • February 28, 2012

    Bingham McCutchen Cuts 42 Support Staff

    Bingham McCutchen LLP is laying off 42 members of its support staff, primarily in its Boston office, according to an internal memo issued on Tuesday and obtained by Law360.

  • February 27, 2012

    Lawyer Rating Site Says It's Not Liable For Bad Reviews

    The operator of a lawyer review website filed a lawsuit saying it's protected by the Communications Decency Act and First Amendment after a Florida law firm threatened to sue over allegedly defamatory reviews, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Friday.

  • February 27, 2012

    E-Discovery Order Could Boost Automated Doc Review

    A New York federal judge's decision Friday to order computer-assisted document review in an employment class action — apparently the first-ever such mandate — could prod wary attorneys into automating chunks of discovery, experts said.

  • February 24, 2012

    Fair Use Likely To Shield Westlaw, LexisNexis In Copyright Suit

    A proposed class action accusing legal research providers Westlaw and LexisNexis of infringing the copyrights of attorneys by selling online access to legal filings raises novel issues in copyright law, but the database operators should have a strong defense under the fair use doctrine, lawyers say.

  • February 24, 2012

    Chase Didn't Stop Freed & Weiss Partner's Takeover Plot: Suit

    Freed & Weiss LLC partner Eric Freed sued JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Illinois state court Thursday, alleging the bank interfered with the firm's partnership agreement by failing to catch another name partner and his wife's attempt to freeze Freed out of the business.

  • February 23, 2012

    Law Partners Could Pay For Tax Code Change: Experts

    Lawyers could pay stiffer prices for seats at the partnership table if U.S. business partnerships were taxed more like traditional corporations under the Obama administration's corporate tax reform proposal, but there are still ways for law firms to preserve their current tax status if the changes come to pass, experts say.

  • February 23, 2012

    Foreign Attys Can Drop In But Can't Stay: Indian High Court

    An Indian high court ruled Tuesday that foreign lawyers can visit the country for temporary periods to provide legal advice without running afoul of national regulations that prohibit non-Indian firms from opening offices in the country.

  • February 23, 2012

    Katten's New Shanghai Office To Target Cross-Border Deals

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP gained its first foothold in China Wednesday with the opening of a new office in Shanghai headed by the private equity specialist who chairs Katten's Asia-China practice.

  • February 23, 2012

    ABA Wants Safeguards On Bank Info Given To CFPB

    The American Bar Association on Thursday urged Congress to quickly move on legislation requiring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect privileged information that it receives from banks, an issue that has raised concerns from banks under the bureau's supervision.

  • February 22, 2012

    Attys Accuse Westlaw, LexisNexis Of Copyright Infringement

    Two attorneys filed a putative class action Wednesday in New York federal court against electronic legal research providers Westlaw and LexisNexis, alleging they illegally copy attorneys' copyrighted works and resell the legal documents for profit.

  • February 22, 2012

    D.C. Attorney Fee Disputes Must Still Be Arbitrated

    Attorney-client fee disputes in Washington D.C. will continue to be resolved through arbitration after the D.C. Court of Appeals last week declined to hear a challenge to the issue when its bench was unable to agree on its jurisdiction over the matter.

  • February 22, 2012

    Fed. Circ. Nixes Judicial Pay Raise Again

    The Federal Circuit again denied federal judges a cost-of-living pay raise Friday but held that the judges' class action was not barred by a previous ruling, clearing the way for the suit to possibly return to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • February 21, 2012

    Supreme Court Won't Adopt Ethics Code: Roberts

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not formally adopt the code of conduct for U.S. judges, according to a letter released Tuesday from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to five Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • February 21, 2012

    High Court Mulls Translator Bills For Lawsuit Losers

    Attorneys sparred Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court over whether losing parties in lawsuits should be obligated to pay document translation fees — a potentially huge expense in some cross-border cases — when a court orders them to pay the winner's costs.

  • February 21, 2012

    Akin Gump Expands Asia Footprint To Hong Kong

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP will soon open an office in Hong Kong, expanding its footprint in Asia, and has snagged a former Shearman & Sterling LLP partner to lead the office and the firm's Asia practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • February 17, 2012

    Supreme Court Puts Mont. Campaign Spending Ruling On Ice

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday stayed a controversial ruling from Montana's high court finding a state law prohibiting political contributions to candidates by corporations was not struck down by the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which removed restrictions on corporate political spending.

  • February 17, 2012

    Senate Approves SDNY Judge After 5-Month Filibuster

    The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Jesse M. Furman for a seat on the Southern District of New York following a five-month, Republican-led filibuster over concerns about his past writings on gun control and religious clubs in schools.

  • February 17, 2012

    Federal Execs Blast Inclusion In Insider Trading Bill

    A group of career federal executives objected Thursday to their inclusion in an ethics reform and insider trading bill originally aimed at lawmakers, saying they should not be required to disclose their financial transactions in the same manner as elected officials.

  • February 17, 2012

    Bird & Bird Tightens Africa Ties With Tunisian Alliance

    International commercial firm Bird & Bird reinforced its foothold in the African market Thursday by inking an association with the Tunisian law firm Dakhlaoui Avocats that Bird says will beef up its access to project finance opportunities, energy deals, and health care, IT and aviation work on the continent.

  • February 17, 2012

    Greenberg Glusker Can Demand Arbitration In Fee Dispute

    A California appeals court ruled Wednesday that a law firm can invoke an arbitration clause in a retainer agreement without filing a court action, reversing a lower court's ruling pertaining to a fee dispute involving Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP.